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Do You Ever Just Wake Up Annoyed?

Do You Ever Just Wake Up Annoyed?

I do.  Though, fortunately, not very often.  It did happen to me a few days ago, and it wasn’t pretty.  Literally everything — from the way-too-hot-for-this-time-of-year weather, to the dirt on the floor that somebody tracked in, to the pile of laundry in the hallway — was completely and utterly annoying.  And, what was even […]

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Four More Fab Wines to Try

Four More Fab Wines to Try

If you enjoyed my previous post on Summer Whites for Less Than $15, here are four more fabulous wines to try, all for less than $20.  As always, do let me know if you have other suggestions. I love trying new wines … and, well, there’s nothing like remodeling a house in 105-degree weather with […]

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Roasted Eggplant Dip (Baba Ghanouj)

Roasted Eggplant Dip (Baba Ghanouj)

I love to talk food. Especially with my good friend Tamara. She’s always up-to-speed on who’s serving what and where to go for the best this or that. Just recently we were talking (well, complaining) about all the high-priced offal that seems to show up on every new menu. While we’re okay with the trend, […]

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Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

Korie and I have been friends since grade school. That’s her to my left in the picture below. Beth, also a long-time friend, is to my right.  I’m the one with the scraggly hair, wearing my favorite red sweatshirt. Korie is probably the most fun person you will ever meet. She’s also smart, athletic, and […]

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Mushrooms: Make Mom Happy

Mushrooms: Make Mom Happy

As I was walking through the grocery store with Jack the other day, thinking about what to make for dinner, I got this unbelievable craving for sauteed mushrooms. Not just the little white button mushrooms.  I wanted the rich, earthy, meaty, buttery baby portobellos. So I picked up a pound from the bulk section, which […]

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Secret Green Salsa

Secret Green Salsa

I like it when one of my recipe experiments goes well.  When one doesn’t, it can — shall we say — bring out a difference of opinion between John and me.  You see, John refuses to waste any food. (It is truly a great quality and I do love him for his inner compost pile.) […]

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Spa in a Bottle

Spa in a Bottle

Speaking of the heat, if hot weather tends to wreak havoc on your skin, you’ll love Ann Webb’s new organic skin-care line, and specifically, the Tea Tree Breakout Blaster.  The label says it is “a serum that helps fight blemishes and breakouts,” but I like to call it “my spa in a bottle.”  (When you dab […]

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Easy Gazpacho Recipe

Easy Gazpacho Recipe

If there is anything I love more than cooking, it’s not cooking.  During the summer at least.  It is just too hot. When we were kids, the heat never seemed as bad.  We loved the summers, and especially the beach.  In June or July or sometimes both, our family would pack up the station wagon and […]

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Gotta Getcha Some

Gotta Getcha Some

When John and I got married, we registered for several boxes of fancy wine glasses. They are sleek and elegant.  And they look absolutely lovely sitting on the shelf. Unfortunately, at least for us, they are an entertaining nightmare.  They must be washed by hand and, even then, are easily broken.  (I would guess that […]

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Authentic Recipe for Hummus

Authentic Recipe for Hummus

My mother-in-law doesn’t cook.  (Like my mom, she happily handed over the keys to the kitchen to her husband several years ago.)  But, Let. Me. Tell. You.  My mother-in-law makes the best hummus I’ve ever had.  Her parents were from Lebanon, so this stuff is the real deal. As I have learned, the key to […]

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Parsley Potato Salad

Parsley Potato Salad

John was sincerely shocked when he learned the news.  “You like mayonnaise on your burger?!” Of course I do.  I love when grease from warm chuck melds with a little puddle of Hellmann’s, along with a slice of juicy tomato, crisp iceberg lettuce, and a lightly-buttered bun.  Apparently, not everyone agrees. As I learned at […]

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Summer Whites For Less Than $15

Summer Whites For Less Than $15

As I was flipping through an old Martha Stewart magazine last night, I came across her May calendar.  The entry for today says to “stock upon white and rosè wine for warm-weather entertaining.” Darn it … I knew I was forgetting something.  (Yeah right.)  As far as summer entertaining goes, I’m lucky to get to […]

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